You hear it in the news all the time these days, energy conservation, or green living or whatever other name it is known by. We must all do our part to help conserve energy, whether it be at work or at home. Being energy conscious not only helps save our planet but helps our wallet too. One of the most direct and easy way for us to help save energy is in our elecricity bill. There are so many little things we can do that can save us lots of money in the long run. Here are just a few ideas that may help you lower your electricity bill.
Turn off all lights and fans when not in use. This is a simple one. Whenever you leave a room, be sure to turn them off.
You know those appliances and electronics (flat panel tvs come to mind) that are always on stanby mode? Well they can account for as much as 5-10of electricty use. Simple solution, connect your electronics to a power strip that can be turned off when they are not in use.
Replace those incandescent light bulbs with energy saving flourescent bulbs. Flourescent bulbs may be more expensive but they last longer than incandescent lights, so it\’s better in the long run.
Make sure that your home is properly insulated. It\’s easy for cool air to leak through cracks in windows and door frames. A properly insulated home can improve energy efficiency by up to 20
Plant more trees around the house. Trees do an excellent job cooling the house in summer and also insulating in winter.
Your refrigerator is one of the biggest energy user in your home so make sure it is properly maintained. Remember to not leave the door open for too long. Make sure that the temperature is set to the manufacturer\’s specifications. Routinely clean under your refrigerator plus any dust on the coils at the back(if they have them).
Mother nature provides lots of light for us in the day so try to use as much natural light as you possibly can.
Use a programmable electronic thermostat for your cooling and heating needs. You can set this device to automatically adjust settings to energy saving levels. This comes in handy when you are out of the house or asleep.
Check to see if air conditioners and heater filters are free of dust and debris.
Only purchase energy efficient appliances. They will save you lots of money in the future.
Close blinds or window treatments if you have the air conditioner on. Rooms get hotter without shades or curtains to block the sunlight.
Unplug cell phone or any other chargers from the wall when not in use. Did you know that cell phone chargers continue to use energy even if the phone is not connected?
Check the weatherstripping on all exterior doors to make sure they are in good shape. Replace them if they are not.
Controlling your energy consumption is not as difficult as you may think. If you make a conscious effort you can save yourself lots of money on electricity bills. It could be as simple as switching off those lights.
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Author: Kimberly Quang
The quality of the commercial lighting products that you sell your clients matters now more than it ever has. Because we have entered a period of recession, companies that spend money on replacements or upgrades intend to stretch their investment as far as it can possibly go. Sometimes your clients may have already done a bit of homework themselves on the type of commercial lighting products they need, and may offer to purchase the equipment and pay you for the labor to install them. This is all well and good if they have sourced their products well, perhaps through our channel or one of our affiliate manufacturing distributors. However, if they are planning on buying imported commercial lighting products, or going down to the hardware store to obtain retail grade materials at a lower cost, it would serve their long term interests if you advised them against such a course of action.
There are problems associated with both foreign-manufactured commercial lighting products and with retail commercial lighting products. Foreign-made products may claim to be commercial grade in quality, but you have no way of determining if this is really the case. Foreign governments have different technical and quality assurance standards than our own, and even if the fixture is compatible with US-made technology, you have no guarantee of quality assurance. When the product fails, there is no way to enforce the warranty on what you have worked so hard to install-if there is a warranty on the product at all. This will further stagnate your client’s revenue stream with replacement costs and additional labor. This is not the way to recession proof your client’s business.
It is far better to invest up front in commercial lighting products that will do what the manufacturer promises they will do. This level of performance and guarantee is best obtained through products made in the U.S.A by reputable American manufacturers who even now are working to improve existing light fixture technology for greater ergonomics, energy savings, safety, and aesthetics. This is why Residential Landscape Lighting and Design represents only those manufactures who headquarter in the United States AND manufacture their products here in the United States.
When you can offer your clients the best products in the world of commercial lighting backed up by warranties in writing, you can also promise them a number of tangible financial returns on their investment through the proper installation and use of these products.
Improved Safety Results from U.S.-manufactured outdoor lighting fixtures.
Parking lots and parking garages are two places where people leaving work after dark are often attacked. They are also places where vandalism and vehicle burglaries frequently occur. Upgrading the lighting system in both of these locations with commercial lighting products that feature the latest in glare shielding, optical performance, and light directional control increases foot candle levels in these areas and simultaneously reduces light pollution into surrounding neighborhoods and streets.
Better interior lighting improves ergonomics and often creates a more positive morale and motivated sense of production among the staff. Many factories are now using fluorescent lights with electronic ballasts that produce a high level of light and superior color rendering at 40% less. Fluorescent low bays are a favorite commercial lighting product for assembly line work because of the high CRI they offer. Larger facilities that need high bay lights can also benefit from HID fixtures with pulse start technology. Interior office lights and ceiling lights can also now be done with low voltage halogen, LED, and fluorescent fixtures that replace incandescent with more comfortable and controllable levels of light and more precise lighting effects.
ROI through Power Conservation
This last point brings us to our next: ROI through power conservation. The more efficient the commercial lighting products are, the faster they pay for themselves by saving on the electric bill month after month. An added bonus to this is that most energy efficient fixtures enjoy a very long lamp life, so they will certainly be around when the cost of purchasing them has been offset by subsequent savings. American made commercial lighting products are intended to put money back into your client’s pockets in this fashion and to contribute to nationwide efforts to develop more environmentally technology pursuant to reversing global climate change.
· LED Commercial Lights
· Metal Halide Fixtures
· High Pressure Sodium Fixtures
· Floodlight for Security and Landscape Lighting
· Wall Packs
· LED Office Lights
· LED Outdoor Lighting Fixtures
· Fluorescent Lighting Fixtures
· Parking Lot Lights and Lighting Poles
· Solar Powered Street Lights
· Security Lights and Motion Detectors
· Architectural Building Lights
· Sign Lights
· Commercial Low Bay Lights
· Light Control Systems
· Outdoor Accent Lighting
· Landscape Lights
· Sports Lighting
· Baseball Lights
· Soccer Lights
· Football Lights
· Volleyball Lights and Lighting Kits
· Tennis Court Lights and Lighting Kits
· Commercial Parking Garage Lights
· Warehouse High Bays
· Roadway and Highway Lights
Keep in mind too that we have a staff of trained experts who will answer any questions you have about commercial lighting products or help you find specific types of commercial lighting products from any number of manufacturing sources. We drop ship directly to your client’s location straight from the factory, and we offer turnkey installation services on selective items. Call us today to learn more about what we can do for you.
Originally posted 2011-04-07 06:54:59. Republished by Blog Post Promoter
by Craig DiLouie
The Energy Policy Act (EPAct) of 2005 created the Commercial Buildings Deduction (CBD), which established an accelerated tax deduction rewarding investment in energy-efficient interior lighting, HVAC/hot water systems and building envelope.Initially set to expire December 31, 2007 and then December 31, 2008, the CBD was recently extended by Congress to expire in five years: December 31, 2013.
A tax deduction is a cost subtracted from adjusted gross income when calculating taxable income; tax liability is not reduced dollar for dollar, as is the case with a tax credit, but instead in proportion to the taxpayer’s tax bracket.
Deducting the cost of a capital investment such as new lighting is not special. What is special about the CBD is the owner can potentially write off the entire cost of the new lighting in the tax year in which it is placed in service, instead of capitalized and depreciated or amortized over time. So it’s an accelerated tax deduction: If a cost item associated with installing new lighting is normally depreciated and claimed over a period of years, it can now be claimed in a single tax year.
Originally posted 2009-05-22 20:53:00. Republished by Blog Post Promoter
Author: Kimberly Quang
American-made Commercial Lighting fixtures feature the highest commercial grade lighting fixtures in all major light sources used for building exterior, site lighting, security lighting, warehouse interior lighting, roadway lighting, and security lighting systems. Contractors and end-users benefit from a great freedom of choice when working with RLLD Commercial Lighting. As a multi-manufacturer representative, we maintain an objective stance toward brand and technology type, working through a nation wide distribution network that is quota free from our standpoint. This means that we will never insist that any company or individual buy a particular product from us to fulfill obligatory demands of our vendor status. On the contrary, we actually extend vendor privileges to our clients by allowing sole proprietor designers and electricians direct access to the relationships we enjoy with the world’s top manufactures and giving them access to pricing and shipping services that smaller companies and individuals may not be able to obtain on their own.
Clients of US distributors like RLLD Commercial lighting can thus obtain fixtures of any type, size, intensity, and design simply by contacting and RLLD lighting specialist and placing an order directly through our distribution network. Our growing inventory offers the following to contractors, end users, architects, and building developers nationwide.
Although incandescent lamps are more frequently used in residential lighting applications, some commercial lighting fixtures also used this technology. Incandescent lamps pass current through a filament, which causes the filament to give off light. Because they are relatively short lived, incandescents are used mostly as decorative commercial lighting fixtures. Their ability to render warm colors effectively without ballast makes them well suited to this application, and the enormous variety of bulb designs make them highly soft after source of any type of accent lighting or decorum based commercial lighting design.
Fluorescent lamps are used extensively in commercial lighting fixtures for a number of reasons. First and foremost of these reasons is their ability to use less power than other commercial lighting fixtures, making them very cost effective from an energy conservation perspective. Fluorescent bulbs also produce a very bright light that is evenly distributed, making them ideal commercial warehouse lighting fixtures, canopy lights, security lights, in interior retail lights in discount stores where high levels of general lighting help psychologically motivate larger bulk purchases of discount merchandise.
Fluorescent bulbs produce light by activating phosphors on the interior of the bulb using ultraviolet energy generated by a mercury arc. Ballast helps start and operate the fluorescent lamps by regulating electron flow through the gaseous arc. Trends in fluorescent technology have made them more compact, increasing lumens per watt efficiency as high as 100 lumens per watt, and reducing the amount of toxic mercury within the bulbs interior. Fluorescent commercial lighting fixtures are best deployed underneath building eaves (as in the case of canopy lights), near loading docks, in wallpacks on the sides of buildings, or as large grocery store or warehouse lights. Placing them too far out into open spaces tends to diffuse their light output and diminish their intensity.
High Intensity Discharge (HID) Commercial Lighting Fixtures
HID stands for High Intensity Discharge. It refers to a technology where light is produced by a gaseous arc discharge using a variety of elements. Typical elements include mercury vapor, metal halide, and high pressure sodium. The arc tube within an HID lamp will contain one or more of such elements, and when current passes between the electrodes at either end of the tube, the current creates an arc that generates visible light.
HID lamps feature the highest efficiency in lumens per watt output and also feature a greater level of lighting control. They also last longer than other commercial lighting fixtures, making them a wise investment for a company on a Spartan budget that cannot afford to continually replace equipment.
High intensity discharge sources include mercury vapor, metal halide, and high pressure sodium (HPS) lamps. Light is produced in HID and low pressure sodium (LPS) sources through a gaseous arc discharge using a variety of elements. Each HID lamp consists of an arc tube which contains certain elements or mixtures of elements which, when an arc is created between the electrodes at each end, gasify and generate visible radiation.
Light Sources and Lamp Characteristics:
Mercury Vapor (MV)
Mercury vapor lights were the first HID commercial lighting fixtures developed. They were designed originally to meet a rising demand for a very compact, high output, and energy efficient source of light. They are used extensively in a number of landscape lighting applications, being commonly deployed as tree lights in high-end commercial outdoor lighting systems. In other applications they have proven somewhat less effective duo to their inferior color rendering abilities, although this has improved to a certain extent over the years by phosphor coated interior bulb walls.
The life of mercury vapor lamps is good, averaging 24,000 hours for larger wattage lamps. However, because the output diminishes so greatly over time, economical operational life is often much shorter. Efficacy ranges from 30 to 60 lumens per watt, with the higher wattages being more efficacious than the lower wattages.
As with other HID lamps, the starting of a mercury vapor lamp is not immediate. Starting time is short, though, taking 4-7 minutes to achieve maximum output depending upon the ambient temperature.
High Pressure Sodium (HPS)
High Pressure Sodium (HPS) commercial lighting fixtures gained huge popularity in the 1970’s to meet the needs of a powerful, yet super efficient, source of HID lighting. Lumens per watt output in an HPS lamp can be as high as 140 lumens per watt-approximately 7 times the luminance as incandescent lamps and twice that of MV or Fluorescent. They also last for approximately 24,000 hours—the longest lamp light on the market.
The problem with HPS commercial lighting fixtures has always been the quality of light they create. HPS lamps give off a yellowish or orange-tinted color and are not acceptable light sources for situations where illuminating a brand, architectural keynote, or any type of ornate exterior landscaping requires a high level of color rendering. For the most part, they are used in applications such as commercial parking garage lighting, warehouse lighting, and certain outdoor applications such as security flood lighting.
Metal Halide (MH)
Metal Halide (MH) commercial lighting fixtures are fast becoming the preferred source of HID lighting in most commercial environments. This is because they produce a very bright white light that nearly equivalent to daylight in its color rendering ability. The variety of applications is significant as a result, ranging from decorative street lighting, commercial parking lot lighting, car lot lighting, outdoor landscape lighting, architectural lighting, security lighting, and general site lighting. Traditionally, their biggest drawback has been their short lamp life-only 7,500 hours on the average.
Newer designs in Metal Halide commercial lighting fixtures include pulse start technology and ceramic metal halide design. These improvements have increased lumens per watt efficiency, control of the light itself through superior dimmability, better stability of color rendering, longer lamp life, and shorter start time.
Unfortunately, recent legislation has called for the phase out of certain standard forms of MH commercial lighting fixtures due to their use of incendiary elements that fall under the classification of greenhouse gas sources. This in turn paves the way for the most sophisticated lighting ever developed on our world, and quite possibly, the singular source of lighting used both commercially and residentially in the very near future: LED commercial lighting fixtures.
LED Commercial Lighting Fixtures
As technology improves, the ability to create truly “white” led light continues to evolve. LED commercial lighting fixtures are featuring higher lumens per watt efficiencies than their initial prototypes initially offered. This has opened the door for a number of architectural lighting and site lighting applications that were previously the exclusive domain of HID commercial lighting fixtures.
We are also seeing an upsurge in the use of led commercial lighting fixtures in street and roadway lighting, where a number of municipalities in the United States and Europe have reported some very promising findings in regards to both power cost reduction and the overall quality of street lighting itself.
Look for quarterly leaps and bounds in the engineering gains made by LED commercial lighting fixture manufacturers, and be sure to sign up for our RLLD Commercial Lighting Newsletter which will feature news updates and case studies about this exciting and revolutionary technology.
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Originally posted 2011-03-30 05:52:38. Republished by Blog Post Promoter
If you’re considering a commercial lighting retrofit, you’re probably in the process of weighing up the future savings against the cost of quotes obtained from these companies. With the possibility of energy costs rising in the future, and lighting costs accounting for up to 50% of the power bill for some commercial premises, it’s no surprise that lighting retrofit services are receiving an increasing number of enquiries about the benefits of commercial lighting retrofits.
Here are 3 important ways retrofit companies can save your business money:
1. Energy Efficient Lighting Reduces Energy Costs
Advances in lighting technology over the past decade have been significant, resulting in lighting solutions that consume less energy and therefore cost less to run. This alone can shave a pleasing sum off a commercial power bill. Retrofit services offer a range of options, from simply replacing outdated lights to undertaking a comprehensive commercial lighting retrofit that could save your company thousands of dollars a year in lighting costs.
2. Wireless Commercial Lighting
If you think that a complete retrofit is prohibitively expensive because it requires complete rewiring of your premises, you’ll be pleased to find out that you’re wrong! Commercial lighting retrofit services are able to use wireless technology to your advantage. This can keep installation costs down and potentially reduce future wiring maintenance costs. Wireless systems also offer you the ability to analyze and control your lighting usage and costs from a computer.
3. Ability to Control & Reduce Consumption
Whether you opt for a wireless or hard wired, new lighting technology offers you the opportunity to control and therefore reduce the amount of energy your building lighting consumes. There are several ways that cost can be reduced:
- Scheduling: timers can be used to turn lights on and off at set times, or even to dim lighting.
- Day Light Harvesting: sensors can be used detect the amount of daylight entering via building windows and adjust the lighting accordingly.
- Occupancy: sensors that detect persons entering and departing an area can be utilized to reduce costs by dimming or turning lights off when an area is not in use.
When you’re weighing up the advantages the cost of engaging lighting retrofit services, it’s important to remember that the savings mentioned above are ongoing. If you’re paying a small fortune in energy costs, the cost of this could be quickly redeemed by the savings. Add to that any utility rebates and government tax incentives you may be eligible for, and a commercial fiting can be a very smart choice.
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Originally posted 2011-04-13 09:56:41. Republished by Blog Post Promoter
Energy Efficient Upgrades : Lighting
Did You Know?
Upgraded lighting can save money through reduced energy use, and result in increased occupant comfort and sales.
Lighting is a critical component of every small business. Employees must be able to see to perform their jobs, and objects and spaces must be aesthetically pleasing to encourage sales.
Depending on the type of business you operate, lighting accounts for 20% to 50% of electricity consumption. This means that significant cost savings can be achieved with energy-efficiency improvements, and due to continually improving equipment, lighting usually provides the highest return-on-investment of major upgrades.
The Formula for Lighting Energy Efficiency
Make the decision early in your project to select energy-efficient lighting technology. The following pages discuss lighting technologies, their efficiency, and what might be right for your facility.
High-quality lighting design includes the coordinated selection of lighting, fixtures, fixture placement, room finishes (e.g., high-reflectivity paint) to result in improved lighting quality. To achieve the best quality and efficiency from any new lighting system you install, consult a lighting professional with experience in energy efficiency
Incandescent Lighting Technology
Thomas Edison invented the first commercialized electric lighting technology in 1879, the incandescent lamp. This simple, yet inefficient, technology has dominated lighting applications ever since. Incandescent lamps come in two common type varieties:
Did You Know?
An incandescent lamp is a better heater than a light, with nearly 90% of the input energy being converted and lost in waste heat.
- Standard Incandescent Lamps: Inefficient lamps used in many applications throughout a facility.
- Halogen Lamps: Halogen Lamps are a more advanced incandescent lamp technology commonly used to highlight merchandise and architectural features due to their white light and “sparkle”.
Where can you find incandescent lamps in your facility?
Compact Fluorescent Lamps (CFLs)
CFLs are fluorescent lamps that have been specifically made in a compact form to replace incandescent lamps in traditional screw-in fixtures. These energy-efficient lamps come in a variety of styles and sizes and are suitable for a variety of applications. ENERGY STAR qualified CFLs use 75% less energy than a standard incandescent bulb and last up to 10 times longer. Replacing a 100-watt incandescent with a 32-watt CFL can save approximately $30 in energy costs over the life of the bulb.
The long life of CFLs makes them ideal to use in hard-to-reach places due to their reduced need to be replaced as often. In addition, CFLs are cool to the touch, making them safer than incandescent and halogen lamps. To learn more about CFLs visit:
Fluorescent lighting is the “standard” technology for lighting spaces such as offices and classrooms, and is up to four times more efficient than the incandescent lamp. However, older, obsolete fluorescent lighting systems can result in poor light quality and flicker. Advancements in fluorescent lighting systems have resulted in the introduction of new systems that provide improved energy efficiency, lighting quality, and design flexibility.
The primary components of standard fluorescent lighting systems are the ballast, which modifies incoming voltage and controls electrical current, and the lamp (bulb or tube), the source of artificial light.
Did You Know?
Magnetic ballast fluorescent lighting systems are vintage technology dating back to 1939.
- T12 Fluorescent Lamps: One of the most common, but least efficient fluorescent systems. T12 lamps can be identified by their 1.5-inch diameter.
- Magnetic Ballasts: Magnetic ballasts are common and still used extensively today due to their low initial cost. However, these ballasts are considerably less efficient than new electronic ballast designs and are prone to flicker and humming (particularly as they age).
Standard fluorescent lamps are commonly used in a variety of places in a facility. Some common applications include:
What energy-efficient technologies can replace T12 fluorescent lighting system?
Energy-Efficient Fluorescent Lighting Systems: These systems, using T8 (1″ in diameter) and T5 (5/8″ in diameter) lamps, offer improved efficiency, higher intensity, and potentially longer life due to reduced degradation in light output over time. T8 and T5 lighting systems are constantly increasing in flexibility and are now applicable to a variety of task and accent lighting applications, as well as general lighting of larger spaces. To learn more about T8 and T5 lamps visit:
You may be able to “de-lamp” or remove some of the lamps in your system and still have acceptable light levels, especially in concert with a T8 retrofit. Consult your lighting professional to see if this is an option for your facility.
Energy-Efficient Electronic Ballasts: When specifying a fluorescent lighting system, always specify electronic ballasts. These ballasts provide near flicker-free operation while using up to 30% less energy than magnetic ballasts.
High-Intensity Discharge (HID) Lighting Systems
Due to their intensity, HID lighting systems are useful for lighting large areas from high ceilings, and range from 50 to 2,000 watts each. Older HID installations are often mercury vapor lamps, an extremely inefficient design. Like fluorescent lamps, HID systems have ballasts, and systems built before 1978 may contain potentially harmful substances such as PCBs (Polychlorinated biphenyls).
Consult your lighting professional about specifying more energy efficient T8 lighting systems instead of HID lighting systems.
HID lamps are commonly used in the following applications:
- Areas with high ceilings
- Exterior safety and security lighting
- Accent lighting
Specifying an energy-efficient lighting technology, such as T8 or T5 fluorescent lamps and electronic ballasts, is a critical step to improving the energy efficiency of your facility and saving money. However, lighting is a system and depends on the quality of the fixture (the apparatus that contain the lamp), combined with the lamp, ballast and placement (the position of fixtures in a room, which affects the amount of usable light that is supplied).
Fixtures come in a wide variety of applications. Fixture selection may be guided by:
For the best energy efficiency and light quality consult a lighting professional or designer when selecting fixtures. To learn more about lighting fixtures and their impact on efficiency visit ENERGY STAR Qualified Lighting.
Did You Know?
The most efficient light is the light not used. Many control technologies are available to save money and add convenience to your lighting system.
Controls are a key part of any lighting system. Specify controls that maximize the flexibility of your system while eliminating light usage, often automatically. Common controls include:
- Bi-level Switching: Control of a lighting system in groups of fixtures or lamps, for example bi-level switching allows you to turn-half of the lights in a room off when full illumination is not required. Bi-level switching is commonly used in offices, conference rooms, and classrooms.
- Dimmers: Dimming lighting systems allow you to control the amount of light and save energy. Dimmers are available for fluorescent and incandescent systems. Daylight dimmers are special sensors that automatically dim room lights based on the amount of free and natural daylight available. Dimmers are commonly used in conference rooms, classrooms, restaurants, and libraries.
- Occupancy Sensors: These sensors detect the motion of room occupants, turning off lights in unoccupied areas and turning them back on when movement is detected. Occupancy sensors are commonly used in restrooms, classrooms, and warehouses.
- Daylight Sensor (Photocells): A common inefficiency of exterior lighting systems is a tendency to “dayburn.” This is when lights are on during the day, wasting energy and money. This problem can be prevented by installing light-sensitive controls that turn the lights on and off automatically based on daylight, thus producing convenient energy savings. Timers can be used, but do not react to changing daylight conditions.
Originally posted 2009-10-09 12:50:57. Republished by Blog Post Promoter
Author: Kathryn Dawson
Lighting is one of the most important aspects in a residential or business property, it can light up the darkest corner, create a unique feature all by itself, and generate a specific mood. Using it effectively will give your home a warm and cosy atmosphere and keep it well lit and secure. If you are looking for effective commercial lighting for business premises then visit the web sites of online dealers and take your time browsing through their illustrated catalogues. All the advice and information you need is readily available online, place an order and have it delivered in no time.
Most people don’t understand just how many varied types of lighting options there are and the difference they can make to a setting. Each type has a different purpose and selecting the right kind can make a big difference to the overall look of a room. Fit lights around the mirror in the bathroom so you can check you look your best before leaving the house, soft lighting in the family room for comfort and warmth, and light up the bedrooms with unique table and floor lamps.
In retail premises good lighting can be used to highlight particular products and attract customers’ attention. Use it to light up elegant glass items or wall displays in a shop, if you have a restaurant or bar it can generate a soft romantic feel or a vibrant atmosphere, and use it for a beautiful effect in glassware stores.
There are various types of lighting, the main lights in a room are fitted into the ceiling or mounted on the walls and is necessary for safety and lighting large areas. You can add task lighting to a room to provide extra light to a certain area or section of the room. At home you may want the preparation area in the kitchen lit up to make it easier to see what you are doing, or a corner of the living room where you can sit and read, or perhaps as a feature hanging above the dining table for family dinners. In a business environment extra light will be necessary for the office desks or the reception.
Accent lighting is designed to create a particular ambience and generally focuses on a specific item or section of the room. In business environments it can be particularly effective, for example you may want to highlight a painting on the wall, light up a display of exclusive items for customers to admire, or create a certain mood that portrays glamour and class. Accent lighting can be fixed onto the wall or set into the floor where they can be angled to point upwards to highlight a specific spot.
The main purpose of lighting is, of course, to be functional and you can find an extensive variety of practical and decorative night lights for outdoor purposes which are suitable for attaching to building walls, gardens and walkways. You can also use them to make a feature of the garden lighting up paths and borders. They ensure your premises are safe to use providing a low light to see by as well as security to the premises.
Generally you will need to use a combination of practical and enhancing lighting as a business has to keep its customers and staff safe whilst still making the best of its features and products. Finding appropriate lighting isn’t too difficult and there is a lot of choice available both on the high street and online. Most lighting companies will offer every type of lighting appliance, from wall mounted and ceiling lights and table and desk lamps, to track lights, recessed lighting and outdoor spotlights. When looking into the options consider the main function of the area, the purpose of the lighting and what kind of mood you want to create.
There are plenty of lighting companies online specialising in an extensive range of lights for homes and commercial lighting needs. The range of styles, colours and prices is huge and what you choose will depend on your budget and exactly what you want it to achieve. For a full range of commercial lighting then do some research online where you can browse through websites at your own leisure. If you do see something you like then it’s simple and safe to order online and have it delivered to your door in a matter of days.
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Kathryn Dawson writes for Litecraft Commercial, a leading UK supplier of all kinds of commercial lighting. Explore track lighting for schools, shops, museums and art galleries. The recessed lights are suitable for domestic and commercial uses.
Originally posted 2011-05-12 14:02:15. Republished by Blog Post Promoter
Different buildings have different needs when it comes to commercial lighting. In its simplest form, these kinds of light fixtures may only be needed for illumination over a specific spot. On the other hand, they may also serve a more decorative purpose by highlighting certain parts of the architecture.
Wall pack light fixtures work best in places that require light such common areas for the public. Fixtures such as a high intensity discharge wall pack by Intermatic can keep the public safe by providing light over otherwise dark alleys and parking lights. This is by far one of the most important practical uses for commercial lighting.
A more high-tech solution would be motion sensing lights. These lights automatically turn on once the sensors detect any kind of movement. With this kind of commercial lighting installed, burglars can be deterred and homeowners can rest easy at night. A wall mount motion detection security switch by Intermatic may be installed to complement existing light fixtures.
To comply with building code regulations, some owners install LED strip lighting to light up stairwells and other vital parts of the building. Step lights may also be needed to guide people and keep them safe at all times. Commercial establishments such as bars and restaurants are required to have emergency exit signs in case of fire.
Apart from practical purposes though, commercial lighting may also be applied for decorative purposes. Sconce lights or bollard light fixtures are great for illuminating and directing attention to specific parts of the building\’s architecture. Historical buildings and others with great significance are among the most common recipients of architectural lighting.
Bollards are also used in high-end locations such as luxury hotels and resorts. These not only light up the designated pathway but provide an ambience of serenity in any space as well.
Even the building\’s interior space can benefit from commercial lighting. Certain types of pendant lights are also usable in warehouses where ceiling height is abundant. Mood lighting is used closer to home to create the desired ambience in any room. More often than not, energy efficient light bulbs are used such as in the Lighting Orbitor series by ANP.
On a more personal level, students and office workers can greatly benefit from task lighting. This kind of commercial lighting is often used over desks and other work areas. Light fixtures may highlight art collections and antique furniture as well.
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Illuminate your home with great lighting fixtures. A simple addition can go along way to brightening up your home! Check out Arcadian Lighting, the perfect source for all your commercial lighting and lighting fixture needs.
Originally posted 2013-01-16 09:59:21. Republished by Blog Post Promoter
A simple explanation of the benefits (and risks) of using CFL lightbulbs. This video comes in an unbranded “presentation quality” version that can be licensed for use in the workplace.
Originally posted 2009-04-27 07:54:40. Republished by Blog Post Promoter
Author: Kimberly Green
No one ever really thinks about it when they walk into a store and they encounter a brightly lit environment that invites shoppers to look closely at each product for endless hours but the thought that went into lighting a super store is a painstaking process and a strategic process that ensures shoppers stay in the store and don’t experience shopper’s fatigue.
Any person in charge of designing a store, warehouse, office or any other environment where people will congregate should pay special attention to the lighting needs that will help to ensure the proper atmosphere for productivity, visual stimulation and regulatory needs. This can be a daunting process but there are numerous reasons why proper commercial lighting is a must. An improperly lit environment can cause health issues to workers like headaches, migraines and mental fatigue. Not only will this hinder productivity it can have a dramatic increase on absence rates and even attrition rates.
When a workspace is properly lit it allows a worker to focus clearly, be more productive and even work longer periods before rest is needed. This can have a very large affect on employee morale, production output and it can help maintain long-term employment. The end result is a slightly increased cost in lighting that is counter balanced by higher profits and employees with tenured skills and higher job satisfaction. A second factor in the importance of proper commercial lighting is customer driven.
If a customer patrons a store that has poorly lit overhead and display lighting it will make it hard to read product details listed on packaging and it will cause shopper’s fatigue. When they happens sales will decrease and that customer is likely to seek out a better retail experience. This is compounded by the fact that many products have package designed that work with lighting to enhance their attractiveness to consumers. Poor lighting will make packaging look dull and uninviting thus also driving down sales. If you have proper lighting there will be a larger sense of excitement from customer’s and product sales will be higher and more consistent. It’s also very important to meet City, state, local and OSHA regulations. In most cases these regulations are a minimum guideline that ensure a poor lighting does not damage employee or customer’s eyes. All regulations should be met because poor lighting that does not meet regulation can put a business in a situation to suffer several fines by regulatory agencies.
It can also put a business at risk of litigation from employees negatively affected by lighting conditions. In worse case it can also force a closure of a business due to failure to comply. Maintaining the proper lighting will avid these pit falls.
With the proper lighting employees are given an advantage that will open doors to improved productivity, accuracy and employee satisfaction. Customers will be ready to spend money because a properly lit environment will enhance their shopping experience.
About the Author
Kimberly Green has experience buying commercial lighting for some businesses.
Originally posted 2011-05-20 13:03:27. Republished by Blog Post Promoter